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To the editor: I am writing to strongly encourage my fellow Westport citizens to support our outstanding police force with a functional, modern police station. On Tuesday, August 2, a special town vote will take place. There is absolutely no rational argument against the obvious need for a new police station. The only necessary discussion has been where to build it and how to fund it.  more
A couple weeks from now, more than 500 extreme obstacle course racers will descend on Bristol Town Beach and Colt State Park for the Trident Race, a four-mile run through the parks with 17 obstacles … more
I’m just wondering why there’s never anything mentioned much around the Fourth regarding ILLEGAL FIREWORKS. It just never seems to be posted anywhere that anything that goes into the air has not … more
To the editor: I read Mr. Marra's impassioned op-ed piece. He equates layoff procedures with dismissing teachers. They are not the same. One is for lack of work to be performed and one is for … more
First, we must stop hurting our students. Second, we must stop ripping off the taxpayers. As a public high school history teacher of 30 years, I am all too familiar with annual springtime layoff … more
To the editor: We are responding to Tiverton Budget Committee Secretary, Deb Scanlon Janick’s dangerously reckless statements, made in her recent letter to the editor of this paper. We did not … more
To the editor, Last night (July 7) I and over 300 local residents had the opportunity to enjoy the oldest and one of the best bands in America. The American Band concert at the Glen Manor House … more
To the editor: May 2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of Tiverton’s “Stolen FTM,” when taxpayers who voted against exceeding the tax cap were told to come back to the gym to vote for a new … more
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To the editor: Responding to a personal attack masquerading as a poem by Susan Scanlon, whose sister, Deborah Janick, is a member of the Tiverton Budget Committee … Hi, Susan! Your poem in … more
Nobody was hurt and the cows made it to safety which is the only glimmer of good news to come from last week's Westport fire that leveled two barns and a big part of what was once a thriving dairy … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.